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bbc world news america. families and gaza are packing up with no place to go. israel says it is ready to expand the cease-fire but can the truth told? rising again topping 900 30. key organizations fighting the spread calls the outbreak unprecedented and out-of-control. and after a ten-year chase, offering a comment and sending back what it sees. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. tonight israel willing to expand the current 72 hours cease-fire in gaza. according to a senior
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government official. the truce is in the second day and indirect talks between israeli and palestinian representatives to try to negotiate a more permanent end to the conflict are underway in egypt. and a moment our chief international correspondent reports from israel. first, our middle east correspondent spent the day with families in gaza. her report contains images you may found distressing. -- find distressing. >> on the move again. families who fled the shelling now have to leave the u.n. school where they thought they had found refuge. at this elementary boy school they told us they were on their own. today they announced on the school microphone there will be no services, no food or water. those who want to leave can leave. we are not responsible for those
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who stay. >> do any of you have holmes left a standing to go back to? the answer from all was no. say they are and affect being given no choice but to go. they tell us they have been told there is accommodation available in government schools but say that schools are closed to the israeli border and palestinian training camps. they say it is a front-line area and no place for children. rex u.n. schools have sheltered almost 300,000 people during the conflict. it is unclear why desperate families at the school were threatened with the withdrawal of help today. >> that is not our policy, not what will happen. food has not been distributed yet today but it is on our weight. i am checking on water but should be delivered today. >> water did arrive, but by 10:00 tonight, there was still no food. residents said they were told
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aid was being withdrawn. arerations of this family terrified of losing the roof over their heads once again. 72 relatives now call this classroom home. they are kicking us out of here. should we live in the streets? where should the women and children go? they started packing, hoping to join the evidence at another u.n. school. to family members died there in shelling but they said it was the safest option. then they got word it was already full. nearby we found five-year-old mohammed, paralyzed months ago after surgery. his devoted mother was trying to keep the flies off of his face. it was all she could do for her son.
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of moving himed again. mohammed is getting worse every day. term iseeks the school supposed to start. ofthere is peace, but most the u.n. schools are housing for displaced. one more crisis on the horizon. the tanks, troops have pulled out. few miles from the border. if the cease-fire collapses they an hourack and gaza in but the israeli military says the job is done. >> the objectives were to destroy the tunnels come a which were a strategic threat to the civilians here. the main objective. >> gaza still in israel's site.
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this is state-of-the-art radar. we are the first foreign media to film here. we are not allowed to show the screens. they track where rockets are launched in gaza where they will land here. >> and united nation shelter would've been had so many times if you have such good intelligence. >> we know where the fires came from. room we do not have any issues. sending information from command. >> israel now believes it can look to a long-term cease-fire. especially in the midst of a growing international outcry over the rising number of civilian casualties in gaza. achieving a lasting cease-fire
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requires of political and diplomatic solution. on that there is no agreement on the objectives or how to achieve them. sirens are not sounding. this column is welcome. >> while i think many israelis are disappointed because they the grand wanted victory and to end the hamas problem once and for all and secretly while he, they are happy to go back to their lives. >> life has not returned to places like this just 800 meters from the border. this 77-year-old never left. even when hamas fighters emerged from a tunnel that ended at the edge. beforele want to see it
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they bring children back with them that it is really a cease-fire, because remember that her as been -- there have been previous east fires that were not successful. but they do return, the question on their mind is how long before it starts again? nigeria a second person to die from ebola. five cases have been confirmed. the world health organization is holding an emergency meeting in geneva to decide on further measures that could contain the outbreak. it has now claimed a total of 932 lives in west africa and more than 1700 people are suspected to have been infected in total. africa's most populous country is facing a serious threat. it has been more than three weeks after the first case of ebola and no more infections are being recorded. >> it began with patrick sawyer,
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a man who showed symptoms of it. some of the people are in contact after being infected. worldeed everyone in the is at risk of the disease. nobody is immune. the fact that any country is at countryause there is no that is not reached by aircraft today. lex despite government claims it is up to the task, there are questions over the existing health care challenges him including a nationwide doctor strikes. authorities are trying to educate the public on taking precaution. screening centers for passengers arriving at the main airport in nigeria. to close growing calls the borders to prevent more infected people from coming in.
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a meeting of the world health organization will decide whether this outbreak should be treated as a global emergency. thing is proper facilities. the proper facilities have been what is lacking in west africa. not lackstilleries do in spain or in the united states where the patients have been taken. you get them into isolation and have proper protection of equipment and that there is extremely low risk of anything happening there. the challenge for us is west africa. >> the ebola viruses and legos but they do not know how far it has spread in the densely populated city. this virus has claimed hundreds of lives in africa and now nigeria trying to remain infections remain at a minimum. >> today president obama said the citizens in countries
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dealing with the outbreak are in our thoughts and prayers. his comments came at that meeting of african leaders who have been in washington over the past few days discussing a range of topics. now by our reporter for the bbc. this is all about trade, but without security u.s. companies do not necessarily want to invest. what were they discussing with regard to security and battling extremism in africa? >> they are trying to delay fears about doing business in africa because of the security concerns and because of strikes in south africa we have been seeing dragging along. they are expect and the u.s. will provide some help in terms fightviding to instability for peacekeeping missions in africa. >> they were also discussing the tricky subject of corruption, something no one wants to admit to having. it makes companies much less willing to invest. how was that topic tackled?
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>> tackled in a way that no one wanted to mention the word corruption. a sickly saying people need to start up their own companies him up besides the fact that u.s. does want to invest in africa and open borders more. so they can trade within themselves and no one would have to pay a bribe to move from one country to another and no one should employ someone's cousin so they are able to open the business. come frome johannesburg and covered the motorcade in the dinners, how much do you think this summit has achieved and hasn't done more than catch up with china? >> president barack obama has been able to wine and dine the leaders of africa. its kind first of meeting for the u.s.. it is what is going to set the agenda for more meetings to come. for more investment to come from america to africa.
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like thank you very much indeed for joining us. newsr watching bbc world america. still to come, once known as the murder capital of the u.s., but how did he see turn things around -- d.c. turn things around? china, nearly 600 people are known to have died in the earthquake that hit the southwestern conference -- have been sunday. many reported so far are in a town that appear to be hardest hit. >> helicopters are providing a lifeline to providers -- to survivors of sunday's earthquake. the only sure way to support -- transport supplies to makeshift camps. for some, the temporary village functions as a waiting area. she has not seen her husband since the tremors first struck. but i hope my husband is still
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alive. i won't give up hope. gone to the rescue operation headquarters to make a request but have found nothing so far. >> search teams are struggling to cope. here a fresh landslide area at least 20 trucks and left 55 dead. dozens still missing. >> now we have for search and rescue dogs, three radar detectors as well as heavy duty machines on the way. >> directing resources here means even greater delays in reaching remote villages that have not received any assistance since the original earthquake. in this part of china earthquakes are a regular part timefe come up but this even experienced rescuers say they are making difficult decisions to decide who gets help first. rescuee was a great caught on camera us. dozens of people came to the aid
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of a fellow commuter who's like got stuck between the platform and train. they helped to push the car. man is believed to have escaped injury and caught the next train. a quarter of a century ago washington, d.c. was plagued by a crack epidemic and gun violence. they have enjoyed a remarkable revival. restaurant and maturity apartment. we are looking at the transformation for what was once known as the murder capital of america. different hear
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experiences of washington at its worst. a former washington post crime reporter who lived a double life as a crack addict. >> the city was undergoing horrific wave of violence due to a crack epidemic. became known as the murder capital of the country. >> it got so bad like to her night were being murdered. >> we all wondered who will be next. i arrived 10 days after george walker bush had a news
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conference and declared a war on drugs. by saturday that week i had found a new place to buy crack. it was extraordinarily exhausting to live a double life as a crime reporter and crack coveredho at times stories in the same neighborhoods. but this is a war zone. >> i am out there in the corner. the ambulance is coming. they need to be transported to the hospital. i also went to the hospital. they issue people and run away. i am there captioning and on .amera or i can show the pain the mother who just locks a second son. i can show you the impact is tremendous. >> then things started to change in the late 1990's for a number of different reasons. i think the police and federal
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law-enforcement stead and taking down the major crack things had a major impact. arrests and prosecutions of some of the worst killers had an impact. federal and local money began to pour into certain neighborhoods, and the neighborhoods began the change. the times have changed but part of the vibrant still going on. when a new neighbor came in, you start seeing buildings that were eatingcant beings -- fixup. at first were here were also sent away because they could not afford it. like $2000 per02 month. as the new neighborhood was coming in, they are demanding. taxes, i pay high
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wanted to be safe, i want to trash picked up. that was their demand. boy did they get it. the transformation of washington neighborhoods, many of them now she believe it or not. tomorrow we will show you the visual transformation. be sure to join us for that report. you can view extended interviews and additional information on our website. now from cities to space where today history was made. the unmanned aircraft finally caught up with a comment that will now fly alongside the comment for more than a year and the findings could reveal more about the origins of life here on earth. has thence editor details. >> the moment they waited 10 years for. relief and delight that the
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european space agency had an amazing rendezvous with a comment. approaches,craft images become sharper. no one has ever seen a comment in this detail before. the strange jagged landscape is revealed. boulders the size of houses and mix of ice and rock. >> this is why we're are doing the mission. aroundin the same orbit the sun as the comment and will continue to do that for over a year. >> it has taken a decade for the rosetta spacecraft to catch up with the comment. it is so far away that each radio command takes 23 minutes to get there. the encounter is right on target. what is remarkable about the mission is the comment is racing along at about 34,000 miles per hour. the team here has managed to get
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the rosetta spacecraft to match the speed and fly alongside it. that has never been achieved before. the plan is to go one step further. smallf all goes well, a one will be released earlier this year. can be sure if this is possible. already scientists are studying the comment to look for a landing site. imagine trying to pick somewhere safe on this bizarre surface. there is a lot still unknown. somethingld expect from the hardness of concrete to the softness of candy. that is what makes this mission different from something like going to mars where you are certain you know what it will feel like. bex the reason for all of the effort, comments may have collided with the early earth carbon,ght water and
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ingredients vital for kickstarting life. visiting the comment may show if that is true. it is hard to believe in the latest picture that i landscape this parent could never hold anything useful to life on earth. the task of understanding the comet has only just begun. >> for more on the historic achievement, i spoke a brief chiefgo to derek hit, astronomer at the museum in philadelphia. just how important is the mission to our understanding of the universe and how we got here. what rosetta will do for us is help us better understand what comments are all about. one of the main portions of the mission is to characterize what the nucleus is like, try to understand about the dynamics as they orbit around close to the
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sun and help us to get an idea of what the chemical composition is. these are all really important because comets are pristine warehouses, if you will. storage bins of what the early history of the solar system was, and if we can study comments in depth, we can better understand more about how the solar system formed and hopefully formed knowledge to how other systems formed, two. going difficult is this to be when you look at the shape of the comment? >> it is going to be really tricky for two reasons. number one tricky because of the uneven surface. they have to find a spot that will be the smoothest location they can that will serve the science needs as well. bit ofas been a little experience before with asteroids . because of the small size and low gravity, that means there is
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a good possibility that a spacecraft could bounce off. what they will do is use anchors to grab hold and pull it down. once the spacecraft lands, they will actually try to anchor it using screws to pull it to the surface. so indeed it is very tricky and very sophisticated engineering that has not been done before. this is a mission full of first. >> sounds incredible. will this be controlled remotely? >> it is going to be controlled from oh wait. to control a job everything remotely. there are some autonomous operation and control operation. with a 23 minute delay, that will complicate things even further. the operators of the spacecraft has done very well so far hitting it to the right place at the right time, and everything is going really well so far.
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>> was this worth the cost in the weight? >> no question worth the cost and weight. not a lot of money to get a whole lot of information about the history of the solar system we cannot derive any other way. >> thank you very much. >> did life on earth begin on a comment? you may have to wait a few years to find out but will be worth the wait. you can find much more on today's news on our website. to reach me and most of the team, go to twitter. from all of us here, thank you for watching come and please tune in tomorrow.
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